Starting out as a sarcastic synth pop trio, Mecano were arguably the most succesful Spanish group of the eighties. Los Amantes (‘The Lovers’, 1988) bears a striking melodic resemblance to Common People – a huge UK hit for Pulp in 1995.

Yo soy uno de esos amantes 
tan elegantes como los de antes 
que siempre llevan guantes. 
Entre semana soy deportivo 
pero el domingo me pongo muy fino 
con mi chaqué de lino. 
Y voy buscando por los balcones 
bellas Julietas para mis canciones 
y hacerles los honores. 
Y siempre estoy 
rompiéndome la voz 
cantando coplas 
bajo tu ventana, amor 
sal ya que este trovador 
se está asando de calor. 
Soy educado caballero 
bello, cortés y amable compañero 
un codiciado soltero. 
Y como no tengo complejos 
me miro siempre en todos los espejos 
antes de echar los tejos. 
Si alguna vez cometo errores 
para que no llores pido mil perdones 
con un millón de flores. 
Repetir Estribillo
I am one of those lovers 
as elegant as those from the past
Who always wear gloves. 
During the week I dress casual
but on Sunday I dress up smart 
in my linen jacket 
And I go searching for the balconies
where beautiful Juliets can hear my songs 
and I take care of them 
And I am always 
losing my voice
singing folk songs
under your window, my love 
come out now this troubador 
is roasting in the heat. 
I’m an educated gentleman 
handsome, polite and a fine companion 
a desirable batchelor. 
And I don’t have any hang ups
I always check myself in the mirror 
before making a pass at someone
If sometimes I make mistakes 
so you won’t cry I ask for a thousand pardons 
with a million flowers. 
Repeat Chorus


Verse: C – C – G – Am – G – F – G  

Chorus: F – G – F – Am – F – G – F – C – G  



The verb Echar (‘to throw’) is used in many expressions:  

Echar de menos (‘to miss’) is probably the most well known. 

Echar los tejos means to make a pass at someone. Literally it means to throw the tiles (I think this refers to little tiles in a children’s game) – maybe closer to rolling the dice (and taking a chance) in English.


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